Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Review

June 26, 2016

About an year ago, Lenovo launched the Broadwell-based T450 predecessor of the current Lenovo ThinkPad T460 on the market. The looks have not changed much, and the specifications are quite similar, with the exception of screen and CPU. The T460 is a highly mobile business laptop for high demands.

Lenovo Thinkpad T460 14-Inch Laptop ( Intel Core i5-6300U Dual-Core 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 7 Professional)
$979.72

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Although there are plenty of business laptops out there, Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is the best tool for getting work done. Starting at $810 ($1,362.60 as tested), this 14-inch productivity powerhouse combines epic battery life with a comfortable keyboard, an accurate touch-pad, a durable chassis and strong performance.

Design

At 3.8 pounds (4.2 with high-capacity battery) and 13.4 * 9.2 * 0.83 inches, the Lenovo ThinkPad T460 isn’t the thinnest or the lightest 14-inch business laptop. But it is compact enough to carry everywhere or balance on your lap. Lenovo’s laptop uses its girth to make room for a removable battery, which provides it with a huge advantage over competitors, particularly if you opt for the 6-cell unit.

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The laptop’s more-svelte sibling, the ThinkPad T460s, tips the scales at 3 pounds and is just 0.74 inches thick. But it has a sealed-in battery that provides below-average endurance. The Dell Latitude E5470 (13.2 * 9.1 * .9 inches, 3.88 pounds) and the Toshiba Tecra A40 (13.4 * 9.6 * 0.94 inches, 4 pounds) are both bulkier than the T460, while HP’s EliteBook 745 G3 (13.3 * 9.3 * 0.74 inches, 3.4 pounds) is a tad thinner and lighter.

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The ThinkPad T460 has the same simple, but classy aesthetic as most other Lenovo business laptops. Its matte black chassis is adorned only by silver ThinkPad logos and red status lights on the lid and deck, along with a red Track-Point on the keyboard.

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On the right side of the T460 sits a 3.5 mm jack, an SD card reader, a SIM card slot (for optional 4G), a USB 3 port, Ethernet, HDMI out and a Kensington lock slot. The left side houses a mini Display-Port, an optional Smart-Card reader and two more USB ports for a total of three. The laptop lacks USB Type-C port. The laptop also has a 720p webcam which is quite decent.

Keyboard, Track Point and Touch Pad

The Lenovo ThinkPad T460 spill-resistant keyboard provides a truly excellent typing experience, with smile-shaped keys that offer plenty of travel. The keys have 2.33 millimeters of vertical travel, which is quite deepest when compared to other laptops. The keyboard requires just 50 grams of force to actuate, so it doesn’t feel quite as snappy as most other ThinkPads.

Like most ThinkPads, the T460 has a TrackPoint pointing stick between its G and H keys. As usual, the little red nub provided extremely accurate navigation. Whether navigating through Windows or highlighting text, it seems quite smooth.

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The ThinkPad T460’s has a 2.9 * 3.9-inch touch-pad. This navigation device proved smooth and responsive, with little of the jumpiness or stickiness we sometimes encounter on button-less pads. It also responded quickly and consistently to multi-touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scroll and three-finger swipe.

Display

The ThinkPad T460’s 14-inch features a 1920 * 1080 touch screen gives you sharp images and fairly accurate but not very rich colors. T460 display is matte rather than glossy, which eliminates some glare. To achieve this effect, Lenovo uses “in-cell touch” technology, which builds the touch screen digitizer directly into the LCD panel and eliminates the need for a separate protective layer.

Image Source: Laptop Mag

Lenovo ThinkPad T460 reproduces only 67 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is about the same as the T460s (66 percent), but a lot fewer shades than the category average (84 percent). The T460 also comes in behind the Latitude E5470 (113.1 percent) and the HP EliteBook 745 G3 (84.1 percent). However, the laptop’s Delta-E error rate is just 0.45 (0 is perfect), which means the colors this screen displays are accurate.

The ThinkPad T460’s display’s max brightness is at 239 nits, which is about on a par with the category average (242) and the ThinkPad T460s (240). However, the Latitude E5470 (278) and the EliteBook 745 G3 (317) were both brighter.

Graphics and Audio

ThinkPad T460 is integrated with an Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU which is fine for casual games and watching HD video. On 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, the T460 scored a respectable 65,981, significantly better than the category average (55,432). The ThinkPad T460s did slightly better while the Tecra A40 and the EliteBook 745 G3 trailed by a wide margin. The powerful Latitude E5470 got a much higher score.

T460 has bottom-front mounted speakers that are good enough for conferencing and watching videos. The pre-loaded Dolby Audio software lets you control the equalizer or use presets that are optimized for music, movies, games or voice calls. It also has the Dynamic preset, which automatically adjusts the output based on content, to be the best.

Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is powered by an Intel Core i5-6300U CPU that comes with 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD storage (other configuration options are mentioned below). With this configuration, ThinkPad T460 was more than capable of intense multitasking and serious productivity work. Even with 12 Chrome tabs open and an offline 1080p video playing in another window, the system showed no signs of lag.

As per the Laptop Mag, the ThinkPad T460 scored a solid 6,708 on Geekbench 3, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall performance. That’s comfortably ahead of the Core i5-6200U-powered Toshiba Tecra A40 (5,846), the AMD Pro A8-powered HP EliteBook 745 G3 (5,494) and the 14-inch laptop average (6,271). The Core i5-6300U-enabled ThinkPad T460s got a very similar score (6,796) to its big sibling, but the Dell Latitude E5470 and its quad-core, Intel Core i5-6440HQ CPU got a much stronger score (9,760).

Also, the ThinkPad T460 and its speedy 256 GB SSD took just 29 seconds to finish the Laptop File Transfer Test, which involves copying 4.97 GB of mixed media files. That’s a rate of 175.5 MBps, more than the category average (115.1) and the rates from the Latitude E5470, the EliteBook 745 G3 and the ThinkPad T460s. 

Also, the laptop stayed relatively cool throughout as per the Laptop Mag‘s heat test. After the laptop streamed a video for 15 minutes, its touch-pad and keyboard measured an imperceptible 82 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom was a bit warmer, clocking in at 95 degrees.

Battery Life

The ThinkPad T460 has Lenovo’s extremely helpful Power-Bridge technology, which combines an internal 3-cell battery with a removable 3- or 6-cell unit. Because the external battery runs down first, you can hot-swap in a spare unit, without powering down the computer. Even better, you have the option to buy the laptop with low, medium or high-capacity batteries, and the difference in price between small and large is just $15.

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On the Laptop Mag‘s battery test, which involves continuous surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness, the Lenovo ThinkPad T460 with the larger unit onboard lasted a strong 13 hours and 12 minutes. It fairly bests the Dell Latitude E5470 (7:16), the Toshiba Tecra A40 (6:44) and the HP EliteBook 745 G3 (5:54). It also bests the Dell Latitude E5470 (7:16), the Toshiba Tecra A40 (6:44) and the HP EliteBook 745 G3 (5:54). The ThinkPad T460s and its sealed-in battery managed only 7 hours and 21 minutes.

Image Source: Laptop Mag

Configuration Options

If you buy from Lenovo.com, you can configure the Lenovo ThinkPad T460 to order, selecting key components such as the screen, CPU, RAM, storage drive and battery. Unfortunately, there’s no option to select a PCIe SSD, which is three times faster than a regular SATA-based SSD. (You can do that for the ThinkPad T460s). You also can’t get a screen resolution higher than 1920 * 1080 like you can on the lighter ThinkPad.

The $809 base model comes with a 1366 * 768 non-touch display, an Intel Core i3-6100U processor, 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive and costs $809 (approx Rs 56,000 ). Our $1,362 (approx Rs 93,000) review configuration came with a 1920 * 1080 touch screen, a Core i5-6300U CPU, 16 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a 6-cell battery.

Verdict

Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is a professional tool that has its own positive and negative points. The laptop’s deep key travel makes it easy to type fast and accurately, while its long endurance helps you work for hours without worrying about running out of juice.

But, the laptop misses a faster PCIe SSD which is three times faster than the T460’s SATA SSD. However, if you want the best mainstream business laptop on the market, the ThinkPad T460 should be at the top of your shopping list. Just make sure you get the high-capacity battery.

Source: Laptop Mag

9 Total Score
Summary

ThinkPad T460 is a skilled software that has its personal positive and negative factors. Its deep key travel makes it easy to type quickly and precisely, whereas its long endurance helps you to work for hours without worrying about running out of juice.

Design
9
Keyboard, TouchPoint and Trackpad
9.5
Display
8.5
Graphics and Audio
8.5
Hardware and Performance
9
Battery Life
9.5
PROS
  • Long battery life w/ high-capacity battery
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Accurate touchpad and TrackPoint
  • Durable design
CONS
  • Display not very colorful
  • No PCIe SSD Option
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